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Hoosiers lose Holloway to Xavier; Martin leaving Boilermakers

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Point guard Terrell Holloway told The Cincinnati Enquirer for an online story Wednesday that he would attend Xavier next season after originally signing to play for Indiana.

The 6-foot point guard was one of Indiana's top two recruits but had the school include an out clause in his letter of intent in case there was a coaching change.

Coach Kelvin Sampson resigned in February amid a phone-call scandal and was replaced by interim coach Dan Dakich. Tom Crean was hired as the long-term replacement last week after Holloway had already been granted the release.

Holloway, a New York native, attended Harmony Community School in Cincinnati, and his phone number was not available.

He had listed Marquette, where Crean previously coached, as one of his final choices but told the newspaper he settled on Xavier earlier than Wednesday. Holloway said he waited to go public until another Xavier player decided to transfer, opening a scholarship for the 6-foot guard.

"I had been telling coach (Sean) Miller that I wanted to go to Xavier," Holloway told The Enquirer. "I was waiting for one of those players to get out. I was planning on making the commitment to Xavier but didn't want to make it public until they transferred."

The Hoosiers could lose their other top recruit, too. Forward Devin Ebanks, of St. Thomas More Academy in Connecticut, also has been granted a release from his letter of intent and is now considering four other schools.

If both players choose new schools, the Hoosiers would have only two incoming freshmen, guard Matt Roth of Washington, Ill., and forward Tom Pritchard of Lakewood St. Edward in Ohio, signed for next fall to go along with six returning players on the roster.


Martin leaving Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Purdue forward Scott Martin has decided to transfer from Purdue.

Martin played averaged 8.5 points per game and had eight starts. He said he'll leave the program on good terms.

"I truly valued my time here at Purdue," he said in a news release. "I made many great friendships and met a lot of great people. I am thankful to the coaching staff and my teammates for the opportunity they have given me. I feel it is in my best interest to take a different route for my basketball career."

Martin was part of a highly-ranked recruiting class that included E'Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson. Martin and Hummel were high school teammates at Valparaiso.

While Moore and Hummel had impressive first seasons and Johnson showed potential with a big NCAA tournament game against Baylor, Martin was inconsistent. With all five starters returning next season, playing time might have been hard for Martin to find.

"We'll help him any way we can, and wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future," Purdue coach Matt Painter said in the statement.

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